I listened to a great podcast episode with Jay Shetty interviewing current #1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic, today (highly recommendable podcast by Jay Shetty: "On Purpose"), who not only surprised me with his spirituality and consciousness, but also made a comment that stuck with me: "We live through the day without even remembering the moments." Surely, our brain filters seeminly unimportant events to help us cope with a lot of impressions and information in this world, but Novak is right - we don`t live our life mindfully enough. Why would we? We haven`t really learned it, but to chase for the next thing, be prepared for the next thing, be "human doings" than really "human beings". Jay Shetty also writes in his book (really recommendable, too: "Think like a Monk") that monks are genuinely grateful for everything, e.g. the sun, food on the table, our body that carries us around, and recommends to practice gratitude right when we wake up. This is what I have introduced in my life, too - although I put my hands in prayer after waking up, I am still very much asleep, so still working on it ;)
Rather than me telling you what you can be grateful for (as can be found also in many mindfulness articles), I would like to stir your focus of gratitude by asking the following questions:
What device is currently allowing you to read this?
Where are you now - at home, in a car, outside? - and how have you come to this place?
What has your body already done today for you?
Can you read these words?
Can you think of what these questions may mean?
What else can you hear and smell?
What food has provided you with energy today? Could you taste all the colourful flavours?
Were you able to tell someone how important they are to you, how grateful you are for them?
What clothes are giving you comfort at the moment?
What have your teeth already proven to you?
Do you notice how you transform oxygen or that you automatically exhale after you inhale?
What organs, besides the heart, are you aware of that work for you in the background?
Are you thinking of what to do next, what possibities are here for you to create the next moment?
What has brought you to this moment?
Who do you think of when you read this line?
What is your next question you can ask?
Life is amazing. Miraculous. No words can explain. Life surely also sends hardships, pain, and dark times. But sometimes we focus too much on the bigger things, while we can also, from time to time, zoom in to the little gifts in our life, too.
You have a body, mind, and heart. Freedom to make your next decision. To think your next thought. Nature is around us, not only to amaze us with beauty, but also to take care of us. Providing water, sun, air, earth. Life also sends us people to relate to, grow, and share moments together. Your life is unique - let me invite you to not only focus on your milestones, but also what is already available to you.
What are you grateful for? Let me know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – I would be very keen to hear your views! :) PS: Subscribe to my Newsletter to stay in touch for any upcoming posts and news :)
This week`s ...
Inspiration: Ella Woodward - Deliciously Ella Every Day
Reflection: How can I practice more gratitude throughout the day?
Intention: Write down three things I am grateful for every day.